On Thursday, April 22, I had the opportunity to speak at the chapel of Logos International School. The mission of the school “is to provide a quality, Christian education to their orphans at the Asian Hope boys’ and girls’ homes, to the local Cambodians who may or may not be able to afford it, to the missionary families serving here in Cambodia, and to all those who are interested in a quality “English language based” international education.” My text was John 1:1-18 which is the prologue to John’s gospel. The passage is rich in its theology of the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the incarnation. Heidelberg Catechism questions and answers 16 and 17 beautifully show the importance of Christ being fully God and fully man.
16. Why must He be a true and righteous man?
Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned should make satisfaction for sin; but one who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others.
17. Why must He also be true God?
That by the power of His Godhead He might bear in His manhood the burden of God’s wrath, and so obtain for and restore to us righteousness and life.